I was getting ready to head out the door and my son, who was two at the time, said to me, “Daddy, where you going?”
“To work,” I replied.
I stopped and thought about it for a moment, trying to come up with an explanation a two year old could understand.
Trying to think of all the possible responses I could come up with, I said,
Previously I wrote about some bad reasons to change jobs. However, there are good reasons to change jobs too. It’s no small thing to conduct a job search and change jobs so it can be difficult to know if you’re changing jobs for the right reasons.
So how do you know if you’re making the right decision? Here are 5 good reasons to change jobs.
With a new year starting you may be considering changing jobs.However, when you begin your job search you’ll begin to ask yourself, “Should I really start looking for a new job or is my current job still working for me?”
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So how do you know if it’s time to start looking for a new job? There are good reasons and bad reasons for changing jobs so here are five reasons you never want to be the primary factor when changing jobs.
Many people dream about being able to make money as a self-employed freelancer.
However, the reality for most is you must build a bridge to self-employment while you hold a day job.
It’s not an easy bridge to build and it can sometimes seem overwhelming.
However, if you want to quit your job someday and go solo, the best way is to begin with generating income on the side while you keep your day job.
So with limited time to devote to your part-time business you must be strategic with how you go about it.
Have you ever felt stuck but didn’t know why? Or worse, didn’t know how to get unstuck?
Recently I had a stuck experience with marketing my book Paid To Be You. I want to market my book more effectively to get the word out but I felt like I needed to do some research on how to market it strategically. So I found some great resources and started to devour the topic of book marketing.
The problem is I love to research things to death. Give me a topic I’m interested in or are struggling with and I’ll hit every book, blog, and seminar available on the topic.
Long story short, I’ve decided to give my book away for free on Amazon as the next step of marketing my book. I made that decision and guess how long it took me to take action on it?
About three weeks.
If you have a job, run a business, and/or work for a living in some fashion you’ve had a bad day at some point.
Maybe you’ve had a string of bad days at work and at some point begin thinking you’re unhappy.
Here’s what I’ve found to be the secret to solving this problem.
You may be in a situation where you just can’t make a change with your career. There are seasons in our lives and this may not be the right season for you to overhaul your career.
This can happen for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you are dealing with a health issue, your finances are in crisis mode, or you’ve had a major life change like having a baby or a death in the family.
For some reason you just don’t think it would be wise to make a change right now. So you feel stuck in a job you don’t love.
In Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking she wrote about three key steps in identifying work you love.
She says one of those steps is to pay attention to what you envy.
Finally, pay attention to what you envy. Jealousy is an ugly emotion, but it tells the truth. You mostly envy those who have what you desire.”
– Susan Cain
Is She Right?
As much as I dislike the idea of diving into such a negative space
When I talk to people about the kind of work they want to do they often have a number of good ideas. However, they’re scared to make a decision and pursue one of them. They’re not sure it will be the right fit.
The Real Problem
Sometimes people aren’t really honest with themselves about who they are. They’ve spent so much time packaging themselves to the outside world to appear a certain way and they don’t really know who they are at their core. Often they know deep down how short they fall from how they want to be perceived.
So you hate your job? You’re not alone. Statistics show that 70% of Americans hate their jobs.
You may have resolved to find a new job this year, but in the meantime here are 3 ways to make your job slightly more enjoyable until you find a better fit.